People from all over visit Dallas for more than just the Cowboys (whom we all know play in Arlington anyway). If you feel like being a tourist in Big D, visit these must-see places.
Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum
Dallas’ most unfortunately famous site is Dealy Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was killed. The Sixth Floor Museum at the Dallas Book Depository annually draws millions of visitors, and many a conspiracy and history buff has walked the famed “grassy knoll.” The Sixth Floor Museum is a National Historic Landmark District.
The downtown skyline’s most famous site is Reunion Tower, which features the ball of light. Reunion Tower has an observation deck and a rotating restaurant offering sweeping, dramatic views of the city. Just make sure it’s open if you’re looking to dine higher than all others in town.
Old Red Courthouse
The Old Red Courthouse is a gorgeous red brick structure built in 1892 at 100 South Houston Street that and has been restored as the Old Red Museum. The museum highlights the history of Dallas since its founding.
Southfork Ranch's was the home of TV’s legendary Ewing family on the hit 80s soap “Dallas.” Though not technically in the city, who could claim this 200-acre property located in Parker to not be a popular and purely Dallas landmark?
Walk downtown, near the Magnolia Hotel and look up. There you will see the mighty winged Pegasus in brilliant red neon, soaring across the hotel’s façade. Pegasus and the Magnolia are both popular downtown attractions.
Speaking of landmark hotels, probably none is more so than the Adolphus, downtown. The tallest building in Texas from 1912 to 1923, the Adolphus has played hosts to presidents, heads of states, and captains of industry, and is rich in history.
At the intersection of Young and Griffin streets is a sweeping, dynamic bronze scene of cattle and horses in the throes of a cattle drive. This paean to Texas’ cowboy history is a definite must-see.
Big Tex, the 52-foot statue, greets all comers to the grounds of the State Fair of Texas in Fair Park. Big Tex is used to make announcements during the state fair and has even been lovingly parodied in the definitive Texas comedy, “King of the Hill.”
Speaking of Fair Park, this section of Dallas is home to Cotton Bowl Stadium. Since 1936, the stadium has been synonymous with college bowl football games and was once the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
The Texas Star
And speaking of the State Fair, the only sight that might upstage Big Tex is the very symbol of Texas itself, the Texas Star Ferris Wheel. You can see this icon from far out in the night, and if you’re in town for the fair, you should always follow the star to where it leads you.